Joint Youth Program Project in Rwanda

Creating a conducive environment that expands youth’s opportunities to reach their full potential

Rwandan youth benefiting from vocational training in the youth centers
Rwandan youth benefiting from vocational training in the youth centers (Photo : UNDP/Elena Ganan)

The percentage of the population aged less than 15 is 43.6% whereas the percentage of the population less than 25 years of age is equal to 63%.

Rwandan youth constitute therefore the backbone of the country. But in the socio-economic context of scarcity of employment opportunities and too great a pressure on the available natural resources, the youth face a great number of challenges, which compromises their future, hinders their growth and well being and adversely affects the country’s development. Most of these challenges are related to education, poverty, sexual and reproductive health, access to employment and income generating activities.

The overall objective of the JYP is to create a conducive environment that advocates for the protection of youth rights and that helps to meet youth’s basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. In this way, the Joint Youth Programme envisions to promote and protect rights of adolescents and youth, facilitate access to same opportunities for young girls and boys, empower them to express themselves and have their views respected, and to live free of poverty, discrimination and violence.


  • Organizations of youth camps for more than 1500 youth, with activities related to environment protection and learning sessions on different topics such as entrepreneurship, civic education, unity and reconciliation, sexual and reproduction health, gender and promotion of volunteerism;
  • Trainings in cooperatives and loan management, improvement of entrepreneurship skills and follow up of youth’s business plan development with the support of RDB;
  • Sensitization of more than 23,000 youth on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention;
  • Organization of sports and drama sketches that served as tools for mobilizing a big number of youth to attend different events during the celebration of the International Women Day, World AIDS Day, World population Day, etc. and to convey messages about volunteerism, HIV/AIDS prevention and environment protection;\
  • Strengthened capacity of MINIYOUTH, the JYP coordination unit, the National Youth Council and the Districts to support and sustain the implementation of the activities in the Youth Centers.

Total expenditures

Year Amount
2010 USD 399,068.75
2011 USD 685,393.43
2012 USD 200,000(Estimation)


Project overview
Project start date
Estimated end date
Partners on ground
Ministry of youth
Executive agency
Focus area
Poverty reduction
Geographic focus
All country
Project officer
Sophie Nyirabakwiye
Head of Unit and Program Manager
Janvier Ntalindwa
Programme Analyst
James Mwijukye
Project Coordinator
Marie Claire Iryanyawera
National Programme Officer/Youth- UNFPA
Related documents
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UNDAF outcomes

Participation in democratic governance
People’s participation in democratic processes and structure at national
and decentralized level increased
Gender equality
Capacity of key public and private institutions to strictly apply gender
equality principles and standards in performance, practices and behaviour
Prevention of HIV
Protective behaviours adopted and effective preventive services utilized by
HIV exposed population especially the youth and the women
Effective health System
Quality effectiveness and efficiency of health system, including Nutrition,
Reproductive health, maternal &child health and family planning services
Health practices
Health care, nutrition, and hygiene practices at family and community level